MEET THE TEAM
The Irish Pastoral Centre Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Limerick native Mary Swanton has accepted the position of Executive Director effective January 25, 2021. Mary brings with her a wealth of relevant experience which she has accumulated from her many years of working in Fine Arts, Programming, and Community Development. Well known in the Boston Irish Community, Mary has liaised with all Boston Irish organizations through her work at the Irish Emigrant newspaper and has created many programs and performances for Boston Irish events where she has gained experience in fundraising, development and community partnerships.
Fr. Dan Finn
Chaplain & Community Outreach
When Father Finn immigrated to America at 18 years of age, from Kanturk, Co. Cork, Ireland, he had no idea that he would one day become a priest, serving the spiritual, social and cultural needs of Dorchester residents from 20 different nations including those from Ireland, Haiti, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. Because of his leadership the services provided by St. Mark Parish, where the Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987, have blossomed into a vast array of outreach programs. Some of these programs include Citizenship and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Youth Summer Program, Faith Sharing groups, a Food Pantry, and more. Much of this has come about from Fr. Finn's philosophy that we must bring what we have started in Church out onto the street. This is summed up best by St. Teresa of Avila says that “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.....". Fr. Dan is assuming the role of Chaplain to the Irish Community at the Irish Pastoral Centre and has, therefore, gone full-circle.
Director of Operations
Audrey, originally from Dublin, spent a number of years working in the buying office of a major Irish wholesaler before moving to the U.S. Since her arrival to Boston in 2004, Audrey has worked in a variety of jobs including serving the administrative team at the Carney hospital, and in elder care at Celtic Homecare by Catherine, which she found to be very rewarding both personally and professionally. Prior to joining the Irish Pastoral Centre staff, Audrey was a client at the IPC and as a way to give back to the Centre, she volunteered at the IPC while she worked in banking and commerce in Boston. Audrey is responsible for the administration of the IPC, while also taking charge of our Employment and Housing Support program.
Maryann joined the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2017 assisting the Senior Outreach and the Prison Outreach Programs. She currently works as the Immigration Coordinator for the IPC and supports the IPC’s Immigration, Detention, and the US. Citizenship Program. She is the point of contact for both immigrants and non-immigrants in the community who contact the IPC with questions related to immigration, visas, citizenship and other issues of concern. She provides guidance and directs clients to available resources, including the IPC’s free legal clinics where a team of pro-bono attorneys assist clients with understanding and navigating the complexity of immigration law. Maryann graduated from Holy Cross College and Suffolk University Law School. She began her career in the banking industry, and then worked for many years practicing health care law in Boston at both law firms and for various non-profit health care organizations. She also has legal experience working with older clients helping them to navigate issues related to their aging. Maryann's grandparents immigrated to Boston from Counties Cork and Galway in Ireland.
Mary O'Toole Gorman
Senior Program Coordinator
Mary O’Toole-Gorman joined the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2020 and took on the role of the Senior Outreach Program Coordinator. Mary has put in huge efforts to combat the COVID 19 pandemic and has managed to keep our seniors actively engaged within the community by getting a large portion to engage in online activities such as You, Me And A Cup Of Tea, Zoom Bingo, Laughing Yoga and has even organized other socially distanced gatherings which have been a great success. From West Roxbury , Mary is married to Jim and they have two sons, James and Robby. Now retired from Boston Gas/National Grid after 32 years, Mary also worked for The Goddard House In Brookline. Mary is currently the Registrar of The County Sligo Association and a Board Member of the Irish Social Club. Most of you probably would have known Mary’s parents, Gerry O’Toole was a native of Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and Kitty O’Toole was from Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. They were supporters of the Shannon Blues Football Club and were active members in the Irish community. Mary looks forward to working with you, hearing your ideas and being at your assistance!
Operations & Programs Assistant
Jennifer, originally from Dorchester, is an experienced Administrative Assistant with a background in program development, administration and operations support, primarily in the education sector. Married to Alan from Dublin, Jen has travelled to Ireland extensively and for a time live in Dublin. Jen and Alan now reside in Quincy and they have two daughters and two granddaughters. Working in a supportive role for all IPC services, Jen brings 15 years of experience and is enthusiastic and delighted to support the organization.